Amateur photographers who like to take pictures at Ada’s annual Cruisin’ Main event will get a chance to showcase their work in a new calendar.

Ada Main Street program director Amy Kaiser is inviting photographers to submit their photos from this year’s celebration to Ada Main Street, which will select some of the photos for a 2019-20 calendar. The photographers whose work is selected will receive credit in the calendar.

Kaiser would like to see a mix of moving shots and staged photos — anything that would look good in a calendar, she said Wednesday,

“We’re looking for the public to bring a creative eye to these pictures, so I don’t really want to tell them what to shoot,” she said. “Just think ‘calendar page,’ when you open up the calendar and you’re looking at this picture for a month.”

Calendars and commemorative T-shirts will be sold for $20 apiece, and all proceeds from the sales of both items will go to Ada Main Street to help cover its operating costs. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to revitalizing Ada’s downtown district.

An evening of nostalgia

Each year, Ada celebrates the days when people would cruise Main Street, chatting with friends or listening to their favorite songs on the radio. This year’s event. which is free and open to the public, will run from 6 to 9 p.m. June 21 on Main Street in downtown Ada.

The event will offer people a chance to relive their teenage years by cruising up and down Main Street. In keeping with the automobile theme, fans of classic cars can check out a display of vintage autos by visiting the “Sit and Shine” area in the 100 block of North Rennie Street.

Rich Kaye, who usually plays music in Juliana Park during Cruisin’ Main, is not available for this year’s event, Kaiser said. Instead, the local band Conflict of Interest will perform on a stage in Juliana Park, where Kaye usually sets up shop.

Families who want to grab a snack or a quick meal before or during Cruisin’ Main can visit one of the local food trucks, which will be set up in an area near the event. Downtown restaurants will also be open for people who want a sit-down meal.

 The Latta 4-H club will sell ice cream floats that night as a fundraiser.

Eric Swanson is the City Hall and general assignment reporter for The Ada News. He spent 15 years working at the Dodge City Daily Globe in Dodge City, Kansas, before joining The Ada News’ staff in 2012.

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